Middle East

Yemen: UN appeal remains unfunded as thousands flee fighting through desert

The United Nations voiced increasing alarm today over the plight of 150,000 people driven from their homes by fighting in northern Yemen, noting that the $23 million emergency appeal it launched nine days ago has not yet received a single cent.

Ban sounds alarm on rocket firing into Israel from southern Lebanon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today’s firing of at least two rockets into northern Israel from southern Lebanon, urging all parties to exercise maximum restraint.

Dangerous radioactive sources removed from Lebanon by UN agency

The United Nations nuclear watchdog has safely removed powerful radioactive sources out of Lebanon, including Cobalt-60, a single source of which is enough to kill a person within minutes if directly exposed.

Ban encourages Lebanese to continue efforts to form unity government

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged all parties in Lebanon to continue their efforts to form a national unity government, after the Prime-Minister designate announced today that he is abandoning efforts in this regard after more than 10 weeks of trying.

Yemen: UN humanitarian official to visit war-torn north amid mounting crisis

A senior United Nations humanitarian official is slated to set off for Yemen today to assess the needs of tens of thousands of people uprooted by the armed conflict raging in the north between Government forces and rebels.

UN agency calls on Israel to lift book blockade of Gaza schools

The main United Nations agency caring for Palestinian refugees today called on Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza to allow in educational materials for schools, stressing that these can serve as a major weapon in promoting tolerance and peace.

In Iraq, UN mission backs voter registration efforts

The head of the United Nations mission in Iraq has welcomed what he described as growing confidence in the electoral process there, and given his backing to the voter registration process, in preparation for parliamentary polls early next year.

Israel’s approval of more settlements sparks Ban’s deep concern

The Israeli Government’s recent approval of additional settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territory has sparked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s deep concern, with the United Nations chief reiterating his call for an end to all settlement activity.

Yemen: UN agencies urge immediate access to civilians hit by fighting

United Nations agencies today called for immediate and unconditional access to the civilians affected by ongoing fighting between Government forces and rebels in northern Yemen.

Delay in forming Lebanese government sparks concern from UN envoy

The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon today voiced his concern that no agreement has been reached on the formation of a government, more than 10 weeks after the designation of Saad Hariri as Prime Minister-designate.